Homily for the Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The Gospel is Mark 1:40-45.
We live in an age of programs. I was talking with a young man the other day who was telling me about a new workout program that is extremely intense but only lasts 25 minutes. Everyday we hear of a new diet program. Even in the Church we hear of program after program. Yet, what if we were told, “here is a program from God Himself”. It contains seven steps, and each of these is extremely helpful for living a close relationship with Jesus Christ, and through Him, living in a close and deep relationship with the Holy Spirit and the Father.
Wouldn’t that be something? (more…)
Yesterday I was blessed to able to ride a bus to Washington, DC for the 45th annual March for Life. This march is of course to bring awareness to the need to overturn a court decision that allows for abortion at any time. (more…)
“I read a proverb which is very popular in some countries: “God owns the world, but he rents it out to the brave”, and it made me think.
—What are you waiting for?”
-Saint Josemaría Escrivá
The new year, 2018, is upon us. How many will be making some resolutions this year. When doing this, we should always keep in mind that God calls us to be daring. Oftentimes that daring takes place in very little ways; in praying even when we are tired, in completing the task at hand well and with great love, turning off the distractions and going to pray or serve and help another person. In inviting another person to return to the Sacraments. Living the virtues of chastity, prudence, justice, temperance, fortitude, which are so often neglected these days. The true rebels are those who boldly live for God. (more…)
Plenary Indulgence reminders:
Te Deum on Dec. 31
Veni Creator on Jan. 1
§ 1. A plenary indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, in a church or in an oratory, are present in a recitation or solemn chant of: …
1° the hymn Veni Creator … on the first day of the year, imploring divine assistance for the whole of the coming year…
2° the Te Deum hymn, on the last day of the year, in thanksgiving to God for the favors received in the course of the entire year.
(Reference: Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, 4th edition, al. concessiones.)
For a good Latin/English Text of the Te Deum, click here. (more…)
I remember when I spent my first summer in Johnstown as a seminarian. I remember being struck by one thing about Johnstown which seemed very different from my hometown. Families. Grandmas, Grandpas, aunts, uncles, great aunts and uncles. Cousins. People had roots here.
Have a blessed Solemnity of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ! (more…)
Today’s guest writer is St Bernard of Clairvoux, whose writing appears in the Office of Readings for December 19:
The image is The Annunciation (1644), by Philippe de Champaigne (1602-1674)
From a homily In Praise of the Virgin Mother by Saint Bernard, abbot
(Hom. 4:8-9; Opera omnia, Edit Cisterc 4. , 53-54)
The whole world awaits Mary’s reply
You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting, O Lady, for your word of compassion; the sentence of condemnation weighs heavily upon us. (more…)